Who We Are

At Transcriptic, our mission is to turn biology into an information technology, driven by data, computation, and high-throughput robotics with the goal of substantially advancing drug discovery. Our team brings together deep expertise in biology, automation, and software engineering to set new standards for the way research is done.

The Transcriptic Team

The Transcriptic Team at the 2018 Winter Retreat in South Lake Tahoe.

Leadership Team

Transcriptic's experienced and diverse leadership team deeply believe in the core mission to turn biology into an information technology. Together they form a highly efficient team spanning biology, automation, and software engineering that guide the fantastic team of people that is Transcriptic.


Max Hodak

Founder & President

Max Hodak is the founder and President of Transcriptic. Max was inspired to form the company after working as a research assistant at Duke University Medical Center. As a member of the lab, he witnessed on a regular basis the inefficiencies of basic laboratory work that he felt were ripe for robotic optimization. Prior to founding Transcriptic, he co-founded and was CEO of MyFit, a company that designed software to forecast the likelihood of college acceptances for high school students. That company was sold to Naviance in October 2010. Max received the White House Champion of Change Award from the U.S. White House in 2013 for being a “crowdfunding pioneer” since Transcriptic was the first company to raise a seed investment round online from a crowdsourced group of angel investors. In 2015, he was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” List in healthcare. Max received a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.


Jimmy Sastra, PhD

Vice President, Automation

As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania more than a decade ago, Jimmy Sastra worked in a traumatic brain injury lab where he learned that wet lab biology requires lots of tedious human labor and could greatly benefit from automation. This experience prompted him to get a PhD at the Penn Modlab, where he built modular robots. He then worked at Willow Garage, where Jimmy designed different body parts for a humanoid robot. He joined Transcriptic from the Open Source Robotics Foundation, where he worked in mechanical engineering.


Ben Miles, PhD

Head of Product

Ben Miles, Ph.D is a chemical biologist and product manager who has been working with Transcriptic since 2016. As product manager and a former customer of Transcriptic Ben works closely with our users and our internal team to ensure Transcriptic builds value for everyone of our users. As a scientist Ben is able to work closely with our users to understand their research requirements and synthesize those into the Transcriptic platform. Prior to Transcriptic, Ben worked in growth for the cloud-based electronic medical record company, Dentally, based in London, UK. Ben received a Ph.D and Master of Research in chemical biology from Imperial College London and also holds a B.Sc in Nanotechnology from the University of Leeds.


Yin He, PhD

Head of Scientific Operations

Yin He is Head of Scientific Operations and joined Transcriptic in June 2013 as the 2nd scientist. She holds a BS in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Molecular Biology, Genetics and Genomics from Cornell University. At Cornell, Yin’s thesis focused on protein folding pathways and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in the context of metabolic disorders, resulting in 8 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals such as Cell Metabolism and Molecular Cell.


Chris Krueger

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Krueger joined Transcriptic in July of 2018 and brings more than 20 years of finance experience. In his current role he overseas all aspects of finance operations of the company. Previously, Chris served as SVP Finance and Operations at Vineti, a cloud based platform for the commercialization of cell & gene therapies, where he was responsible for the companies G&A organization. Prior to that role he served in multiple senior finance leadership roles at Grand Rounds, Flite (acquired by Snap), Avid Technologies and Digidesign. He started his career as a management trainee Mahle GmbH and later Siemens Semiconductor (now Infineon Technologies). Chris holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan and a MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.


Kevin Sturdevant

Vice President, Business Operations

Kevin Sturdevant has more than a decade of experience in leading projects, products, and cross-functional teams in client-facing roles. His product experience includes learning management systems, mobile apps, and social media platforms while his project management experience includes delivering data workflow projects for Fortune 100 organizations. Prior to Transcriptic, Kevin led a Professional Services organization at Captricity, an Oakland-based SaaS product, and a Columbus, Ohio-based design and development agency.


Erica Garcia

Head of People Operations

Erica Garcia has a passion for people demonstrated by more than 10 years experience within Human Resources and Talent Acquisition with Silicon Valley technology startups. Prior to joining Transcriptic, Erica consulted with a group of diverse companies to implement scalable processes, heighten employee retention, manage staffing and generally share best practices in people operations. A strategic thinker and collaborative business partner, Erica often works as an internal coach and leader to drive high standards to build engaged organizations with healthy team cultures while supporting rapid growth. Erica received an MPA and BA in Political Science from San Francisco State University and is a certified MBTI facilitator.